HELPING hands are needed to keep the Bay’s cemeteries looking good all year round.
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The Council’s Tomaree Cemeteries Committee are involved with Nelson Bay, Birubi and Anna Bay Cemeteries.
The need to memorialise the loss of loved ones through the cemeteries is one which meets the emotional needs of many in our community.
It is important to these people in their time of grief, or reflection, that the grounds are maintained and the cemetery looks well cared for.
Volunteers make a big difference to the region and can be seen rolling up their sleeves in many different capacities.
Ron Swan past Mayor of Port Stephens and volunteer with the Councils 355C Tomaree Cemeteries Committee told News Of The Area, “It is a feeling of great satisfaction to be involved and contribute ‘in the good old fashioned way’ to the betterment and upkeep of our local area.
“We take a Pride in Port Stephens.”
The cemeteries committee meets a minimum of 3 times per year at these meetings they formulate financial reporting, and formalities ,and additionally conduct working bees.
“Generally the meetings run for around three quarters of an hour and are a get together over a cup of coffee , when convenient for members,” he said.
Port Stephens Councillors are represented on most committees with the Mayor Ryan Palmer and Councillor Jamie Abbott who are both active members of the Tomaree Cemeteries Committee.
To ensure the safety of anyone participating in working bees, a short induction is conducted by council staff.
At the moment the committee is seeking a person prepared to assist with the secretarial, notes, which is minimal.
Anyone wanting to get involved can contact Ron Swan on 0418 495 336 or Peter Sherriff 0402 360 773.
There are approx 45 council 355c committees ranging right across the local government area, including Tidy Towns, Hall committees, Reserves and parks, Landcare groups, and sports councils.
The benefits of volunteering are well recognised and include providing people with purpose, connection to community and positive social interaction.
By Marian SAMPSON